O'Brien likely to score with Septimus

Aidan O’Brien has had his hands on the Racing Post Trophy four times in the last eight years and must fancy putting the prize back on the mantelpiece again tomorrow with Septimus.

Aidan O’Brien has had his hands on the Racing Post Trophy four times in the last eight years and must fancy putting the prize back on the mantelpiece again tomorrow with Septimus.

Unbeaten in two races, the son of Sadler’s Wells is another juvenile to emerge from Ballydoyle with a tall reputation, although he only had his first run in September.

He did enough to beat stablemate and subsequent winner Arabian Prince by a cool half-length before doing just enough earlier this month to take the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh.

Carrying the purple colours of Derrick Smith, he is getting better with every run and is an ideal late season sort.

Newbury’s Stan James St Simon Stakes looks right up Day Flight’s street and he can add to his good haul of Group races this season.

John Gosden’s four-year-old must have some cut in the ground to be at his best and notched up a hat-trick in the spring, including a course and distance victory in April.

He was given a break before coming back at the Newmarket July meeting, where he only found the high-class Gamut too good in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes.

A colt who seems to run best fresh, he is a likeable middle-distance type who looks a cut above his rivals.

Dickensian really caught the eye when romping home at Leicester last month and leaps off the page as one to follow in the Stan James Horris Hill Stakes.

The Xaar colt does not seem to be one of the leading lights in the Godolphin juvenile team, but he won nicely enough on his debut before finding seven and a half furlongs at Beverley a little too far.

But his easy four-length destruction of Tell in a novice stakes at Leicester indicated he could be something special and should have enough in the tank to step up to Group Three level here.

The likeable Benedict ran a corker in defeat at York recently and can go one place better in the stanjamesuk.com Handicap.

John Berry has high hopes for his late-maturing three-year-old, who has thrived since leaving the care of Sir Michael Stoute and bolted up at Newmarket in August.

He followed up at the same track before going for a competitive mile contest at the Knavesmire.

Benedict hit a flat spot three furlongs out before sprouting wings close home to grab second place behind Hartshead.

Stepped up a couple of furlongs here, he looks a most interesting horse.

Rimsky looked a jumper with a future at Chepstow recently and should prove good enough to make the relevant step-up in the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Persian War Novices’ Hurdle.

His tidy defeat of Desert Quest looked good for a timber debut and his shrewd handler Nigel Twiston-Davies knows just the level to aim for with his string.

Andreas can maintain Paul Nicholls’ promising start to the campaign with victory in Aintree’s big race, the Listed intercasino.com Molyneux Novices´ Chase.

The five-year-old was despatched several times in the spring and he hosed up on three occasions with victory in a decent Cheltenham handicap the best of those results.

Added to an earlier win at Taunton, he looked set for further success at Perth only to hand the race to the Martin Pipe-trained Sardagna with a final-fence fall.

He showed no ill-effects when subsequently sluicing home at Newton Abbot in May and is one to keep in mind here.

More in this section


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox